This 12-week online class will give you a firm foundation in the fundamental ideas of creation apologetics, and help you understand the battle between the authority of Scripture and the authority of man in modern culture.
The course will arm you with knowledge and resources to help you engage the culture with the truth of Scripture, and will review the scriptural foundation that refutes those who compromise Scripture by espousing ideas like progressive creation and theistic evolution.
In addition, you will study important concepts in biology and geology to become better able to provide answers “to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Several instructors will lead and support this course.
- Winter 2015: February 1, 2015-April 25, 2015. Registration open: December 28, 2014-January 28, 2015
- Fall 2015: September 6, 2015-December 5, 2015. Registration open: August 2, 2015-September 2, 2015
Course enrollment will open on 08/02/2015.
APO 101 Overview
- The relevance of creation to the gospel
- The incompatibility of evolution and the Bible
- Biblical and scientific support for a recent, six-day creation
- How to use logic to defend your faith
- The nature of Noah’s Flood
- Compromise in Christian doctrine
- Implications of death before sin
- The relationship between Genesis and the rest of the Bible
- The 7 C’s of biblical history
- Basic radiometric dating concepts
- Understanding mutations and evolution
- Discussion forums where instructors and students can interact
- Online quizzes with immediate feedback
- Online videos with integrated study guides
- Live chats with the instructors
- Independent projects that apply what you have learned
- Reading assignments that will engage and equip you
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
- Relate the relevance of biblical creation to the authority of the Bible
- Give reasons for a literal interpretation of the Genesis account of creation
- Explain why an evolutionary worldview is inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible
- Describe how a global flood is presented in the Bible
- Use principles of logic to expose and avoid invalid arguments
- State the importance of sin preceding death
- Point out inconsistencies in compromise theories such as the gap theory and progressive creationism
- Cite other passages from the Bible to confirm the literal Genesis account of creation
- Use science to refute evolutionary claims
- Answer questions from skeptics about biblical authority and the scientific validity of biblical creation
- A certificate of completion will be awarded to those finishing the course with a final score of 75% or higher. In addition, those who pass the course can receive 4 ACSI-accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2 in biblical studies and 2 in educational studies.
- Students should expect to spend 4–6 hours per week working on the assignments and participating in discussion forums. Complete the coursework at your own pace within each week-long block. More time may be required on weeks that include an independent project.